One advantage of being unnecessarily ancient is that one (yes, third person reference) can remember odd events and facts.
For instance, back 4th April 1974 a very big (as in wide) cyclone named Alby strode purposefully southwards in the Indian Ocean. Its centre was some 400Km off the coast as it passed Perth’s latitude yet I remember that day for its extreme winds (maximum gust of 130Kmh in Perth City and 143Kmh in Fremantle) as I was out on the road doing delivery work. Five people in the State’s south-west did not survive the day.
Cyclone Alby has been recorded by the Weather Bureau as one of the notable cyclones on its website.
I have been watching Cyclone Marcus for the past couple of days, (ht to eldest son and family in Darwin) and found the Meteye map on the BOM site to be eerily reminiscent of Alby.
Be aware that we could be in for a late season cyclone affecting the South West. Do the necessary preparations and clean-ups just in case!
And hope that it doesn’t happen!
Addendum – overlay of Marcus-estimated on the Alby-actual track
After a clear blue day some whispery clouds had blown in
There was just a little sunset red left above the city skyline.
Tall buildings were beginning to show their night-time finery,
Replacing the waving eucalyptic green of the trees.
The busy road traffic was tiring and outside the frame
The river ripples, reflecting the evening’s new darkness.
Moonrise is hours away and the stars are too far.
An Earth-bound firmament will suffice
To show me my city for the next few hours.
Perth was Occupied today.
Along with much of the Western world, Perth followed the lead of protesters in Wall Street. Only a small crowd but it was friendly and concerned about our future.
These people are a Bit of Perth.
Yes, I was involved and I created a small record of the day.
It is the middle of July.
It is raining.
I am cold.
And I hate snails!
Perth is having its 19th consecutive day of +30C. Thirteenth night of a minimum in excess of 20C. Heading for records in both categories.
On the beach there are thousands of people trying to cool in the ocean.
Also in the ocean is danger to those people.
There are “rips” and undertows which can drag swimmers out to sea. Then there are other dangers. Dangers with teeth and very large jaws.
Volunteer members of Australian Surf Lifesaving Clubs have, for more than a century watched over Australians on the beaches. Towers have been built so that an eye can be kept on sea conditions. Sometimes a shark was spotted.
These days with swimmers moving further out to sea there is more chance of interaction with sharks.
So helicopters are now used to extend the eyes of the watchers. While the pilots are professional, the ground-based volunteers are still the same, selfless, skilled young people who spend some of their time protecting their fellow beach-goers.
So today’s Sky Watch is not so much the sky, but the watchers in the sky. At Scarborough Beach on the Perth coast.
No, I didn’t go overboard. Not that I couldn’t have. After all, some people do go a little bit overboard when they see a double rainbow.
Willem de Vlamingh (b1640) was a Dutch sea-captain with the VOC (Dutch East India Company)who explored the south west coast of Australia (then “New Holland”) in the late 17th century.
On 10 January 1697, he ventured up the Swan River. He and his crew are believed to have been the first Europeans to do so. He named the Swan River (Zwaanenrivier in Dutch) after the large numbers of black swans that he observed there.
There is now a large sundial which commemorates the approximate position of where he reached. It is just below the Wheel of Perth and I was able to get a shot of it.